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Rezoning plan raises lots of questions
To the editor: The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission’s proposed ordinance will amend borough code to include development standards for accessory dwelling units permitted in all residential district. This effectively will remove single-family dwelling zoning. ADUs will be allowed not only in rural residential one-acre lots without subdividing, but smaller lots such as Aleutian Homes, or multi-fam...
Dec 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Investigator choice smacks of cover-up
To the editor: Regarding the hiring of an ex-police chief to investigate the Pletnikoff incident — really! Who better to protect the city and police department than a fellow police officer? Can we trust this "impartial investigator" to give us the public an unbiased factual report of the accosting and beating of a citizen unable to communicate? The delay and lack of communication by our leaders is suspiciously tha...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Damaged timber will quickly lose value
To the editor: I have followed with a vested interest the Kodiak Borough Assemlby’s actions and inactions concerning the fire-damaged timber at Chiniak. Some years ago, the borough rejected a $4 million offer for this timber because of public opinion. While the decision made some sense for a healthy stand of timber, the forest fire this summer changed everything. What the borough now has is a damaged resource, whi...
Dec 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interim Report: Budget gets ever tighter
Hello again. About a month and a half remains until legislators head to Juneau for the 2016 session. As is the case every year, the budget will drive much of the discussion next session. In the coming weeks, we will receive the governor’s proposed budget for next year. Due to continued low oil prices, over $1 billion was cut from the budget this fiscal year, with about $3 billion coming from state savings to balan...
Nov 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest opinion: Gates backing warped core
Common Core standards were written behind closed doors and no minutes of those meeting were ever released. The ink had yet to dry on the document that committed 48 governors, under financial pressure, to implement Common Core and was then changed to cede power from local authority to regional boards of federally appointed bureaucrats. There will be no escape in home schooling or private schools either, because the...
Nov 17, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leave trees near Chiniak homes
To the editor: It was good to hear that the borough assembly isn’t going to take any action on the borough-owned timber in the residential area of Chiniak. If the timber is ever harvested, it will be the same mess that’s been left behind by Leisnoi and A-1 Timber on adjacent Leisnoi lands. Since the area has been logged, countless four-wheelers are going day and night on the logging roads. Many of these people are...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Actual bears more important than statue
While I don’t want to rain on the “Rebuild the Bear” campaign, I do find it a little disturbing that the focus of bear conservation in this community would be a bear statue and not the living, breathing bears that live with us. Hopefully, I am not the only one who has noticed the uptick in DLPs (defense of life and property) since roll carts have been introduced. If you are a business or agency, such as Alaska Sta...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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State pays bigger bonuses to execs of profitless AAC
To the editor: In the Nov. 5 Kodiak Daily Mirror article “AAC to send team to New Zealand for contract,” AAC president Craig Campbell stated, “I’m trying very hard to make this a commercial operation, not a government operation,” in reference to the AAC and Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (former Kodiak Launch Complex). I find his statement ironic considering that Sen. Dan Sullivan is working very hard in Congres...
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Special session concludes
We wrapped up in Juneau as of Nov. 4, after what turned out to be a quick special session. When the governor compelled the Legislature to meet again it was to address three subjects. First, passage of legislation lifting the tax holiday on real property leased from the state containing threshold volumes of gas in order to ensure that producers are incentivized to commit their gas to Alaska liquid natural gas, or t...
Nov 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stable homes more effective than taking seats
To the editor: So the Kodiak Downtown Revitalization Committee has reconvened. Good! Reading on … a vagrant problem? Yes, if you mean a “people sitting around with nothing to do and nowhere to go” problem. “Vagrant” implies being moved on, though, and where are folks supposed to be moved on to — Chiniak? Cleaning the gloomy brush out of the plaza, sure … hope they plant more trees instead to reduce the butt-frying...
Oct 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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